The David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award recognizes exemplary individuals who embody the kind of leadership that this moment requires: leadership that  builds the trust and collective action. 

The 2021 Honorees are:

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Co-chair, Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
President, Repairers of the Breach
Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church

Cherie Nursalim
Special Advisor on Climate in the Government of Indonesia
Vice Chair, GITI Group
Member of the Mission Board, IMAGINE

As the first major opportunity to gather the Synergos community in person since 2019, the 2021 Bridging Leadership Awards were an opportunity to reconnect, celebrate, and draw inspiration from the bridging leaders in our community.

The intimate gathering at New York’s famed Rubin Museum of Art brought together a diverse community of leaders striving to develop their collective bridging leadership skills and celebrate the achievements of the honorees.




Peggy Dulany, Founder and Chair, Synergos
Serge Dumont, business leader and philanthropist
Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair, IMAGINE
Valerie Rockefeller, Chair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor, Founder, Innova Schools
Zainab Salbi, humanitarian, author, and media commentator